National Folk Festival 2012

Posted by:  National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA)  | When:  | Where: Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA


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Please note: The National Folk Festival is a member of the NCTA Festival Family. Artists applying to this festival need not apply to the Richmond or Lowell Folk Festivals, which are also produced by the NCTA.

Started in 1934, the National Folk Festival is the oldest event of it kind. This large-scale three-day outdoor event, presented free to the public, celebrates the roots, richness and variety of American culture. It features a broad array of music and dance performances, participatory dancing, workshops, children’s activities, regional and ethnic foods, storytelling, parades, craft exhibits and demonstrations, and more. A “movable feast of the deeply traditional folk arts,” the National Folk Festival brings a jubilant and dizzying array of offerings that appeal to audiences of all ages.

The festival moves to a new host city every three years and 2012 will be the festival's second year in Nashville, Tennessee. The event will host up to 30 acts on 6 outdoor stages throughout the weekend.

The 74th National Folk Festival is produced by the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) in partnership with Nashville’s local National Folk Festival group, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville, the Community Foundation, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and the Compass Records Group.

Past performers include: Green Fields of America, mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, The Holmes Brothers, Dale Ann Bradley, La Excelencia, Genticorum, Phil Wiggins & Reverend John Wilkins, Lloyd Arneach and many more

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FOLK & TRADITIONAL ARTS - a definition

The folk and traditional arts are rooted in and reflective of the cultural life of a community. Community members may share a common ethnic heritage, language, religion, occupation, or geographic region. These vital and constantly reinvigorated artistic traditions are shaped by values and standards of excellence that are passed from generation to generation, most often within family and community, through demonstration, conversation, and practice. Genres of artistic activity include, but are not limited to, music, dance, crafts, and oral expression.

-National Endowment for the Arts